Mia Hamm: World champion, Olympic gold medallist, superstar. The US legend is the face of women’s football. In our major interview Hamm discusses her career, her private life and her commitment to charity work.
Sepp Blatter: Brazil needs women’s football. Brazil has much catching up to do in the women’s game. “There has to be change,” the FIFA President urges, calling for a competitive women’s league with professional structures in the nation of the five-time men’s World Cup winners.
Hertha fans fear the worst. The English Premier League has long been a playground for super-rich investors. Hertha BSC Berlin have become the first Bundesliga club to follow suit, but the fans are unhappy about a “deal with the devil”.
What really happened at Wembley. Forty-seven years after his famously controversial goal in the 1966 World Cup Final against Germany England hero Geoff Hurst is sure of one thing: “It was a goal.”
Jiri Dvorak: Prevention programmes work. Since the implementation of the “FIFA 11+” prevention programme in Iran, injuries in football at different levels of skills, age and gender have dropped by up to 25 percent.
A Brazilian in a Germany shirt. Paulo Rink was expecting a relaxed chat with Leverkusen general manager Reiner Calmund, but he came away from the meeting with a five-year contract and moved to the land of his forefathers.
Netzer: The Dutch will have their day. In our Netzer Knows! column, renowned expert Gunter Netzer answers a reader’s question from Ukraine: “The Netherlands never win the World Cup – what are they doing wrong?”The riddle of Ronaldinho. Atletico Mineiro’s 33-year-old has enjoyed a fine season and was recently voted 2013 South American Footballer of the Year, but Brazil supremo Felipe Scolari continues to turn a blind eye. We examine a gifted player who has never been prepared to sacrifice the good life for his job.